bile acid

noun

: any of several steroid acids (such as cholic acid) of or derived from bile

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other two produce 7-DHC and bile acid intermediates, neither of which were previously known to be involved in semelparity—the reproductive strategy in which an animal has just one reproductive episode before dying. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 Tamez never showed elevated liver enzymes, though her bile acid levels were very high. Christina Caron, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 When bile acid levels rise to normal, Hippo comes back on, and liver growth turns off again. TheWeek, 17 Feb. 2020 In addition, the researchers report for the first time that bile acids also stimulate endocytosis in the small intestine. Houston Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2020 One type of bacterium from the Verrucomicrobia phylum, Akkermansia muciniphila, seemed to play a role in a healthy aging process, the researchers say, possibly by increasing the amounts of secondary bile acids in the gut. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2019 Yogurt, milk, and cheese in particular neutralize stomach acid and bile acid, increasing the probability that probiotics will reach the intestines. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2019 One type of bacterium from the Verrucomicrobia phylum, Akkermansia muciniphila, seemed to play a role in a healthy aging process, the researchers say, possibly by increasing the amounts of secondary bile acids in the gut. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2019 Yogurt, milk, and cheese in particular neutralize stomach acid and bile acid, increasing the probability that probiotics will reach the intestines. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bile acid was circa 1881

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“Bile acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bile%20acid. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

bile acid

noun
: any of several steroid acids (as cholic acid) that occur in bile usually in the form of sodium salts conjugated with glycine or taurine

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